is a UK-based company which, in 2014, enters its
fifteenth year as the first company
in the world to develop and provide DNA-based, genetic tests for racehorse
We are proud of this achievement.
These selected news pieces help to tell the story of our company from its inception in 2000; taking us through March 2006, when we published the first peer-reviewed scientific paper linking specific ‘speed’ and ‘performance’ genes to aspects of racing performance; to the present where we continue to work for some of the most successful thoroughbred breeders across the world - in Europe (including Ireland), USA, Australasia, Japan and the UAE.
JEEP MAGIC MILLIONS CARNIVAL 3rd - 14th January 2014, Gold Coast, Queensland.
January 8, 2014
Congratulations to The Hong Kong Jockey Club on their purchase of Tarcoola Stud's half-brother (2012 Flying Spur ex Vivacious Spirit - Bel Esprit) to Costa Viva winner of the NZ 1,000 Guineas. The colt, LOT 166 was joint third higest selling colt on the day and a bargain at $320,000
November 16, 2013
More success for the Tarcoola Stud breeding programme
Congratutaltions to Ken Williams and Tarcoola Stud who bred Costa Viva (2010 Encosta de Lago ex Vivacious Spirit - Bel Esprit) winner of the $300,000 NZ 1,000 Guineas. We have been privileged to assist Ken in his highly successful breeding programme over the years. With five of the last six winners of the New Zealand Bloodstock 1000 Guineas also going on to secure the final NZB Filly of the Year Series crown, Costa Viva’s win puts her in prime position to become Te Akau Racing’s fifth Filly of the Year Series winner in the past decade.
A 'cracking' Flying Spur half brother to Costa Viva comes up for sale at the Magic Millions Gold Cost sale on January 8th - LOT 166. Willow Park also offers, on behalf of Tarcoola, a terrific, 1st September, Magic Albert colt out of Brilliant Jewel LOT 256 on 9th January. We wish Tarcoola and Ken the best of luck for the sale.
The year is going well for Tarcoola (Victoria's Small Breeder of The Year 2011) with Cluster (2010 Fastnet Rock ex Tarcoola Diamond - Last Tycoon) also making the grade at group level amongst the 3yos.
The Age (Melbourne)
April 23, 2011
An interesting Thoroughbred Genetics success in Australia
It is not our policy to publicize success stories for marketing purposes. However, the interesting report of one multiple Group 1 performing millionaire mare has already attracted media attention in Australia. (Link to details of The Age article...)
Click on the video link below to watch Sacred Choice win the Myer Classic G1
Epsom Downs, UK
August 12, 2010
Thoroughbred Genetics race in support of The Racehorse Sanctuary
August 12th, 2010 was Racehorse Sanctuary Day at Epsom Downs and a number of individuals and companies got together to support a card in aid of this worthwhile organization. (Link to details of Thoroughbred Genetics sponsorship at Epsom.)
Australian Breeding & Racing Magazine
By Dr. Steve Harrison, Director of Thoroughbred Genetics Ltd., U.K. reveals some of the revolutionary ‘selection-enhancing’ technologies now available to the modern breeder. (Link and download for the article on Thoroughbred genetic testing...)
Thoroughbred Genetics Ltd.
January 22, 2010
UK based genetics company pioneers 'speed gene' combination in racehorses
Thoroughbred Genetics Ltd is a UK-based company celebrating, in 2010, its 10th anniversary as the first company in the world to develop and provide DNA-based, genetic tests for racehorse performance.
Australian Bloodhorse Review
Link between specific genes and racing performance
In April, 2006 Dr.Stephen Harrison and Dr. Juan Luis Turrion-Gomez of the University of Salamanca published a pier-reviewed scientific paper in the international journal Mitochondrion, which shows, for the first time, an association between specific genes and racing performance. (Link and download for the article on genes and performance...)
Scientist links mtDNA, racing ability
By Pete Denk. A British scientist studying mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) believes he has made a historic breakthrough that could unlock secrets racehorse breeders have wondered about for 300 years. What makes one horse peak as a two-year-old while others get better with age? (Download article on mitochondrial genes and racing...)
The foundations of stamina
In April, 2006 a paper was published in the peer-reviewed scientific journal, Mitochondrion, entitled 'Mitochondrial DNA: An important contribution to thoroughbred racehorse performance'. Dr. Steve Harrison of Thoroughbred Genetics Ltd. and Dr. Juan Luis Turrion-Gomez of the University of Salamanca describe the research, its findings and the relevance to practical thoroughbred breeding and racing. (Link and download for Thoroughbred stamina and genes...)
ITV News - Meridian Tonight
Speed gene reports for the Thoroughbred racehorse
ITV news report on Thoroughbred Genetics original discovery.
Click on the photo below to view footage.
April 3, 2006
Geneticists identify speed gene combination
By Mark Popham. The study, published in the peer-reviewed journal Mitochondrion, found that individual breeding lines possess variant combinations of these performance-related genes, with each combination giving a horse a different racing aptitude.
Mitochondrial DNA: An important female
contribution to thoroughbred racehorse performance
Stephen Paul Harrison
& Juan Luis Turrion-Gomez
The mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) molecule, carrying genes encoding for respiratory chain enzymes, is a primary candidate for demonstrating associations between genotype and athletic performance in mammalian species. In humans, variation at seven protein encoding mitochondrial loci has been implicated in influencing fitness and performance characteristics. Although thoroughbred horses are selected for racing ability, there have not been any previous reported associations between genotypes and racecourse performance. The multi-factorial nature of the inheritance of racing ability is an obvious complicating factor. However, mitochondrial gene variation may represent a measurable component contributing to performance variability. Previous population studies of thoroughbreds have shown the existence of D-loop variation. Importantly, we have observed that there is also independent and extensive functional mitochondrial gene variation in the current thoroughbred racehorse population and that significant associations exist between mtDNA haplotype, as defined by functional genes, and aspects of racing performance. (Download the paper on mitochondrial genes and racing...)
March 27, 2006
Los genes de la velocidad (The Speed Genes)
Carlos Arribas – Madrid. Juan Luis Turrión, un investigador de Salamanca, colabora en una tecnología que revolucionará la cría de caballos de carreras. Si las células de un organismo vivo son coches, las mitocondrias son sus motores, unos motores regulados, controlados, dirigidos, por un ordenador de a bordo en cuyo disco duro y divididos, organizados en carpetas, se encuentran los genes, que varían entre un coche y otro. (Download pdf on the speed genes...)
March 21, 2006
Scientist finds the speed genes
By Greg Wood. DNA analysis can take the guesswork out of the ancient art of producing a champion, says geneticist.
March 24, 2006
Geneticists identify ‘speed gene’ combinations in racehorses
Geneticists have published ground-breaking research which could have enormous implications for the way in which thoroughbred racehorses are bred, trained and raced. (More information and link to the 'speed gene' and the Thoroughbred...)
Thoroughbred Genetics Ltd.
March 18, 2006
Geneticists identify ‘performance gene’ combinations in racehorses
An organization based in Britain has published ground-breaking genetic research which could have enormous implications for the way thoroughbred racehorses are bred, trained and raced. Thoroughbred Genetics has published the results of a six-year study in the international peer-reviewed journal, Mitochondrion. It is the first proof that there is an association between genes and their role in the individual performances of racehorses. The publication is currently available on the journal’s website and will be available in printed format in April. (More information and download for Thoroughbred performance genes...)
Only foals and horses
By Pete Taylor. The Thoroughbred Genetics Company helps racehorse breeders match the right mare with the right stallion. Pete Taylor meets Dr. Steve Harrison. (Download the article about Thoroughbred Genetics...)
question of speed and stamina
Dr. Steve Harrison of The Thoroughbred Genetics Company explains why better results will be obtained by building on known aptitudes rather than trying to modify them with totally dissimilar genes. (More information about speed and stamina genes in the Thoroughbred and download...)
the breeding puzzle
Dr. Steve Harrison of The Thoroughbred Genetics Company explains what makes a successful Thoroughbred.
The Sportsman (Australia)
January 10, 2003
DNA test hailed - Boost for breeders
By Paul Micallef. For the first time in Australia a simple genetic test to determine genetic compatibility of propose matings based on DNA analysis is being offered to breeders. (Download article about Thoroughbred DNA tests...)
November 18, 2003
tests on market to aid breeders with mating plans
By Rachel Pagones. (Download article about Thoroughbred genetic tests...)
gene dynamics and DNA
Dr. Steve Harrison of The Thoroughbred Genetics Company. (More information about racehorse genes and download...)
The Wall Street Journal
April 12, 2002
Pinpointing the racing gene?
By Mark Long. Company markets a DNA test for Thoroughbred Breeding (Download article about Thoroughbred gene tests...)
February 7, 2002
man to see about a horse
Greg Wood meets the founder of Thoroughbred Genetics Ltd. (More information about Thoroughbred Genetics and download...)
The Sunday Times
December 16, 2001
DNA mating test
By Michael Clower (Download article about Thoroughbred genetic testing...)
December 7, 2001
website aiming to assist breeding decisions
By Tony Smurthwaite. (Download article about Thoroughbred DNA tests...)
analysis designed to give racehorses a competitive edge
The Thoroughbred Genetics Company is leading the international field in genetic husbandry for racehorses.
October 4, 2001
winner makes for racing certainty
By Maisha Frost. Applying the latest advances in genetics to the big-money business of horse racing has made an enterprise an outright commercial winner. (Download article about Thoroughbred Genetics ...)
science of selection
Susan McBane interviews Dr. Stephen Harrison of The Thoroughbred Genetics Company. (Download article about racehorse genetics...)
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